Why Cowboy College?
Why Cowboy College? Because a Cowboy stands for something! He has an unshakeable set of values that defines who he is and principles that govern the way he lives. Through hard work and by utilizing values and principles such as optimism, knowledge, courage, perseverance and trust, Cowboy College provides the keys necessary for students to live successful lives. We teach the skills and principles that cowboys learn. These principles set the course for the rest of our lives.
Heroes and Horses
Believe it or not there are still true heroes out there. We are not talking about heroes that make millions of dollars playing sports, making music or acting on TV or in Motion Pictures. In fact most of them are not famous at all. We are talking about the men and women who wake up and live their lives by a certain set of values that are set in stone. Many of these folks are today’s Ranchers, Cowboys and Farmers. These men and women live by a certain code that was founded over a hundred years ago. The Code of the American West! They believe that Courage, Pride, Optimism, Honor and Honesty are values to live by in their daily lives. The mission of Cowboy College is to assist students in developing the character, skill, maturity, accountability, and leadership typical of a cowboy and to instill in them the values necessary to live a successful life.
The experiential learning program of the Cowboy College is unique. Not only will students work the land, train animals, and participate in the day-to-day labor of a working cattle ranch, they will also gain essential life skills, take courses to start or continue higher education, and enjoy some of the finest recreational activities the West has to offer.
Here at the Rockin’ R we believe that animals play an essential part in helping us live the “code of the American West”. In the second week of the program, each student will receive a young untrained horse that will be his (or hers) to care for, train, and work with on a daily bases. As the young horse progresses in its training, the student will begin to see the parallels in his own life and be able to apply that knowledge effectively. Using horse training tools as symbols throughout the program, students will begin to understand the meaning of the word “Cowboy”.
After the successful completion of the Cowboy College program, each student’s young horse will have progressed (along with its caretaker) to the point where it is ready to leave the Ranch. At that time, the student will have the option of either purchasing the horse to take with him, or selling it and sharing in the profit.